The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

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The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns, Ellen Harasimowicz

Without honey bees the world would be a different place. There would be no honey, no beeswax for candles, and, worst of all, barely a fruit, nut, or vegetable to eat. So imagine beekeeper Dave Hackenburg’s horror when he discovered twenty million of his charges had vanished. Those missing bees became the first casualties of a mysterious scourge that continues to plague honey bee populations today. In The Hive Detectives, Loree Griffin Burns profiles bee wranglers and bee scientists who have been working to understand colony collapse disorder, or CCD. In this dramatic and enlightening story, readers explore the lives of the fuzzy, buzzy insects and learn what might happen to us if they were gone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547152318
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Pages: 66
Sales rank: 805,138
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: NC1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Loree Griffin Burns, Ph.D., did her doctoral at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Ms. Burns lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children. She is the author of Beetle Busters, Tracking Trash, and The Hive Detectives.

Ellen Harasimowicz is a freelance photojournalist new to nature photography. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Scientific American. Ellen lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Paul; her work can be seen at www.ellenharasimowicz.com.

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The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe is an informative nonfiction book that focuses on the honey bee. The plot focuses on a true event in 2006 when a honey bee farmer in the U.S. finds that his honey bees have died. We're not talking about a few hundred bees or even a few thousand...we're talking about twenty million honey bees. This was huge loss and word of mouth discovered other farmers all over the world had experienced similar losses. This information made its way to the United States Congress which thankfully warranted enough concern to take action. The term colony collapse disorder (CCD) was coined and a group of scientists were recruited to determine what was killing honey bees. The Hive Detectives discusses the science behind the honey bee as an animal, the dynamics within a honey bee hive, the purpose the honey bee serves in earth's ecosystem, how the honey bee's work impacts humans, and the theories/research/testing that were conducted by scientists during the CCD investigation. It also offers beautiful visuals on every page, a helpful glossary, and a list of other materials to study. Although this book is targeted to middle-grade youth, I as an adult learned quite a bit. What hit me the hardest was a renewed realization that sustainability in agricultural farming NEEDS to be common practice ASAP. If not, we will be exterminating not only the targeted species of pests that are harmful to farming but also the irreplaceable species that make farming possible. In other words, we will no longer be able to grow fresh plant-based foods which will have a domino effect that could very well exterminate human life. No, this book does not lay out the horror I just summed up - that was just what I took away from my reading experience. Unfortunately, The Hive Detectives does not offer a single conclusion, but it details a combination of factors that may be in play. If nothing else, it will get children and adults eager enough for a conclusion to go research this topic on their own. This is an example of when knowledge is power. Change needs to happen and the more people that know about it the better. My favorite quote: "Our world is a dangerous place for them [honey bees], and it will take a Herculean effort on the part of all humans - people who keep bees, people who study bees, and even people who read about bees - to see them through."
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe is an informative nonfiction book that focuses on the honey bee. The plot focuses on a true event in 2006 when a honey bee farmer in the U.S. finds that his honey bees have died. We're not talking about a few hundred bees or even a few thousand...we're talking about twenty million honey bees. This was huge loss and word of mouth discovered other farmers all over the world had experienced similar losses. This information made its way to the United States Congress which thankfully warranted enough concern to take action. The term colony collapse disorder (CCD) was coined and a group of scientists were recruited to determine what was killing honey bees. The Hive Detectives discusses the science behind the honey bee as an animal, the dynamics within a honey bee hive, the purpose the honey bee serves in earth's ecosystem, how the honey bee's work impacts humans, and the theories/research/testing that were conducted by scientists during the CCD investigation. It also offers beautiful visuals on every page, a helpful glossary, and a list of other materials to study. Although this book is targeted to middle-grade youth, I as an adult learned quite a bit. What hit me the hardest was a renewed realization that sustainability in agricultural farming NEEDS to be common practice ASAP. If not, we will be exterminating not only the targeted species of pests that are harmful to farming but also the irreplaceable species that make farming possible. In other words, we will no longer be able to grow fresh plant-based foods which will have a domino effect that could very well exterminate human life. No, this book does not lay out the horror I just summed up - that was just what I took away from my reading experience. Unfortunately, The Hive Detectives does not offer a single conclusion, but it details a combination of factors that may be in play. If nothing else, it will get children and adults eager enough for a conclusion to go research this topic on their own. This is an example of when knowledge is power. Change needs to happen and the more people that know about it the better. My favorite quote: "Our world is a dangerous place for them [honey bees], and it will take a Herculean effort on the part of all humans - people who keep bees, people who study bees, and even people who read about bees - to see them through."
goshness More than 1 year ago
This book was written very well- the author wove plot, fact, and background knowledge together like nobody's business. I read this book for an essay I'm doing on colony collapse disorder- and started out thinking I knew everything I needed to know about the subject. But this book taught me A LOT. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a short free read book that's both factual and entertaining, no matter your age.